The younger brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, Albert "Tootie"
Heath has long been a top hard bop-based drummer with an
open mind toward more commercial styles of jazz. After moving
to New York (1957), he debuted on record with John Coltrane.
Albert Heath was with J.J. Johnson's group (1958-1960) and the
Jazztet (1960-1961), worked with the trios of Cedar Walton and
Bobby Timmons in 1961, and recorded many records as a
sideman for Riverside during that era. He lived in Europe in 1965-
1968 (working frequently with Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, and
backing touring Americans), and, after returning to the U.S., he
played regularly with Herbie Hancock's sextet (1968-1969) and
Yusef Lateef (1970-1974)